1st Edition

Conducting Immigration Evaluations
A Practical Guide for Mental Health Professionals

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ISBN 9780367689988
March 1, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

This text prepares mental health professionals to conduct a thorough psychological assessment of individuals involved in immigration proceedings, present the results in a professional report, and develop a basic legal understanding of immigration cases. Written by a licensed clinical psychologist with the input of an attorney certified in Immigration and Nationality Law, the book is practical and uses clear language, making it accessible to different groups of readers.

Chapters focus on specific problems and questions such as: what makes immigration evaluations unique, the mental health provider’s role in asylum cases, how to provide testimony in immigration court, and more. Vignettes and sample reports link theory to real-world situations, making use of the authors’ multiple years of combined experience.

This book is an essential guide for clinicians who want to assist this diverse and often disempowered population.

Table of Contents

1. What Is Unique about Immigration Evaluations? 2. Assessing Hardship for Waivers of Inadmissibility 3. The Appraisal of Exceptional and Extremely Unusual Hardship in Cancellation of Removal 4. Evaluating Factors Concerning Protection-Related Relief: Asylum/Withholding of Removal/Convention Against Torture (CAT) 5. Evaluations Related to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 6. Assessing Psychological Impact of Trauma in Victims of Violent Crime or Human Trafficking 7. Drafting the Report 8. Testifying as an Expert in Immigration Court 9. Cultural and Linguistic Considerations 10. Expanding Your Practice to Include Immigration Evaluations

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Dr. Mariela G. Shibley is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a private practice in San Diego, California. She specializes in conducting psychological evaluations for USCIS and Immigration Court.

Matthew G. Holt, Esq., is a certified specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the California State Bar and the managing attorney of a comprehensive immigration law firm in San Diego, California.


"Shibley and Holt, collaborating as psychologist and lawyer, have designed a tool which empowers mental health professionals to better assist their work with immigrants, their families, and counsel on a variety of immigration benefits, including cases in the immigration courts. Drawing from their personal experiences to give practical instruction, this book provides important advice to novice and seasoned professionals alike on best practices for working with clients and their attorneys."

-Allen Orr Jr., President, American Immigration Lawyers Association

"Psychological evaluations are extremely important for torture survivors who are asylum seekers in the U.S. immigration system. This book guides clinicians to develop valuable expertise when conducting these much-needed psychological evaluations. Caring, knowledgeable licensed mental health professionals who provide this specialized service find it not only rewarding but also life changing."

-Kathi Anderson, Executive Director - Survivors of Torture, International